The Virginia Department of Health has presented us with clear guidelines for wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You don’t need to wear a mask if you:

  • go out for a walk
  • work in the garden
  • mow the lawn
  • have pre-existing breathing problems
  • are under the age of 2.

However, you must wear a mask when you:

  • are in an indoor public space
  • can’t maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from other people.

Take another look at the above guidelines. Clearly, face coverings are meant to protect people in close proximity to one another. You’re mowing the lawn by yourself and therefore have little potential to spread the virus to others. But if you’re at the mall sitting on a bench next to someone or rustling hangers with others around a sale rack – chances are much higher that everyone will be inhaling each other’s exhalations. And that’s the primary way the virus spreads.

Our waiting room is an indoor public space, so, as you might guess, when you visit Clifton Foot & Ankle Center for foot and ankle problems, we ask that you wear a mask and maintain distance from others. Masks and other face coverings are readily available at online stores, pharmacies, and drug stores throughout Fairfax County. If you’re feeling crafty, make your own – like this version that requires no sewing skills.

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm and our entire staff are doing everything we can to maintain a safe environment for our Fairfax County patients. We’re still here providing quality care for bunions, heel painneuromas, running injuries, diabetic foot care, fractures, pediatric flat foot, and anything else that bothers the feet and ankles. Call our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 for top-notch podiatric care. You may also make an appointment online.

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